We currently have confirmation from WSP and Rincovitch Partners that the building is safe to occupy following completion of the stabilisation works on Saturday 12th January.
By close of business today Cardno will have been issued with all outstanding information as requested in his letter of the 11th January. We anticipate certification from Cardno will be issued later today confirming, from a structural standpoint, the building can be reoccupied in part.
Accordingly, we will continue with the progressive re-occupation of Opal Tower this weekend. The list of apartments that require no remedial works and are ready for re-occupation is detailed on the attached spreadsheet within this post.
WSP has developed the final remediation plan for agreement with Rincovitch and Cardno. Once the remedial plan has been agreed by all parties, dates for commencement of these works and the subsequent reoccupation of the remaining apartments will follow.
We reconfirm, when approved, the remedial works will be carried out and have no impact on the quiet enjoyment of the apartments available for reoccupation.
For apartments not on the list, we advise there is a significant portion of these apartments that do not require any remedial works, however have been excluded from the list to provide separation between returning residents and the apartments requiring actual works.
Apartments nominated on the re-occupation list and due to return this weekend
As WSP, Rincovitch Partners and (soon to be) Cardno have confirmed the building can be reoccupied in part, Icon has extended the accommodation in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct (Pullman, Novotel, Ibis) until Sunday, 20 January 2019, to give residents an opportunity to return to Opal Tower over the weekend at a time convenient to them. We also note that due to pre-existing bookings, the hotels are fully booked on Monday and Tuesday night due to events within the precinct.
Icon will continue to pay for this accommodation and residents’ living expenses as previously outlined to the morning of Sunday, 20 January 2019. This is inclusive of residents outside the Sydney Olympic Park precinct and those that have arranged their own accommodation.
For those who are unable to return by Sunday 20 January 2019 due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the Opal Tower Support by phone or email. These will be addressed on a case by case basis.
Apartments NOT nominated on the re-occupation list
For those apartments NOT on the attached list, you will be required to remain relocated away from Opal Tower. To date, Icon has been able to contact the majority of these apartments individually to discuss suitable medium term accommodation. If you have not been contacted, please contact the Opal Tower Support by phone or email as soon as possible.
REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN
Icon have updated our Structural Repairs Action Plan (SRAP) in consideration of concerns raised by Cardno, with further measures implemented to ensure the ongoing amenity of residents whilst the remedial works are carried out. As the works are localised, a large majority of the residential levels will have no signs of any construction works.
Icon has implemented the following measures:
- Works will be limited between 8am – 5pm.
- Our contractors will enter / exit via the Basement only. A cordoned off area in Basement 2 will be utilised to store material for ease of access.
- There will be a designated builders lift to be used by contractors only. Contractors will not be able to use the remaining three residential lifts.
- For the floors where remedial works are being undertaken in conjunction with residential apartments, the corridor will be cordoned off with a wall up to and enclosing the designated builders lift.
- Security on any level remediation works are underway.
The above measures have been implemented to ensure residents have no direct contact with the construction team on residential levels and the ground floor lobby.
All allowances for apartments that are on the list that require no remedial works and are ready for re-occupation will cease to have allowances paid from the morning of Sunday, 20 January 2019.